Washington (CNN) The Senate will hold a vote on immigration legislation, including whether
to extend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, next month,
but only if lawmakers can reach a deal before the end of January, Majority
Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday.
"There are bipartisan discussions in the Senate, involving the administration,
about improving border security, interior enforcement and reforming important
parts of our broken immigration system, including addressing the unlawfully
established Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program," McConnell
said in a statement.
"If negotiators reach an agreement on these matters by the end of
January, I will bring it to the Senate floor for a free-standing vote," he said.
McConnell's statement came after Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake
had said he received a commitment for a vote on immigration. Flake's
tweet came after he voted for the GOP tax bill that passed early Wednesday morning.
Flake had been hesitant on the tax package, but in negotiations said one
of his requirements had been a commitment to progress on a plan to provide
a permanent legislative version of DACA, which President Donald Trump
"While I would have written a much different bill, this bill lowers
the corporate tax rate in a manner that makes us globally competitive.
I am also pleased that the Majority Leader has committed to bring the
bipartisan DACA bill we are currently negotiating to the Senate floor
in January," Flake said.
White House meeting
Flake, a long-time immigration reform advocate, met Wednesday at the White
House with key Senate negotiators and Trump's chief of staff John
Kelly, three sources familiar with the meeting confirmed. Details of the
meeting were first
reported by Politico.
The meeting was "very productive" and "moved the ball forward"
toward a possible deal in the new year, a source familiar with the meeting said.
According to one of the sources, Kelly indicated to the group that the
White House would be putting together some of its priorities for a deal
after the meeting.
An earlier release from the White House about its immigration wish-list
was a comprehensive compilation of virtually all of what conservatives
want on immigration, and was written off by Democrats as containing multiple
poison pills. The White House has not yet indicated where its red lines
are on those principles.
In the meeting, a group of senators, which includes Flake, Senate Democratic
Whip Dick Durbin, Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, and Republican Sens.
Lindsey Graham, Thom Tillis, James Lankford and Cory Gardner, discussed
the progress of their negotiations, which have included regular meetings
in Durbin's office.
The group has resolved some issues with how to legislate DACA, which protected
young undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children from deportation,
but is still heavily negotiating border security measures to pair with
it and how to handle Trump desire to reform "chain migration,"
or family-based migration.
The meeting also included other key Republicans like Senate Majority Whip
John Cornyn, who have been in contact with the members of the working group.
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